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Reasons sought for student withdrawals
More than 950 students withdrew from UBC last year and the
Office of Student Services wants to
know why.
A questionnaire has been sent to
all students who withdrew in
1976-77 asking why they left
before writing exams and what
problems they encountered in their
UBC studies.
Student Services director Dick
Shirran said the aim of the study is
to determine what steps the University can take to help students who
may be considering withdrawing.
"One aspect of this problem,"
he said, "is that many students
withdraw 'cold turkey.' In other
words,    they   don't   discuss   their
decision with anyone. Many don't
realize there's a great deal of
assistance available to help them
overcome financial and academic
He said the study would concentrate on the 700-odd withdrawals
who were classified as full-time
students taking nine or more units
of work.
Vol. 23, No. 11, Sept. 28, 1977. Published by
Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5.
ISSN 0497-2929. J. A. Banham and Judith
Walker, editors.
ubc reports
1976-77 UBC frosh were better students
UBC's 1976-77 class of 3,228
freshman students performed better
academically than the previous year's
class, UBC's Senate was told at its
September meeting.
Prof. Cyril Finnegan, chairman of
the Senate admissions committee, said
the failure and withdrawal rate of last
year's class dropped and the
percentage obtaining full credit in
their academic programs increased.
He said the improvement in
performance was the result of "a more
rigorous scrutiny" of the standings of
grade 12 applicants seeking admission
to the University.
"In general," he told Senate,
"applicants with a gradepoint average
of 2.3 or lower (C=2.0 and C+=2.5)
were denied admission and those
above 2.3 but below 2.5 were screened
on the relevancy of their studies.
Those with an average of 2.5 or above
were, in general, admitted."
The more stringent measures had
the desired effect of reducing failures
in May, 1977, Dr. Finnegan said in his
"The percentage of freshmen failing
or withdrawing dropped to 13.5 per
cent from 17.7 per cent the previous
year . . . and, for School District 39
(Vancouver) from 13.4 per cent to 9.3
per cent. At the same time the
percentage obtaining full credit rose to
56.7 per cent from 53.2 per cent . . .
and to 59.5 per cent from 52.6 per
cent for Greater Vancouver students."
For admission to UBC in
September this year, similar criteria
were applied with decisions being
made on the relevancy of studies for
those with averages of 2.5 and above.
Prof. Finnegan said.
For a story on UBC's new entrance
regulations, passed at the September
meeting of Senate, turn to page 2.
This was the scene at 4 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 24) as firemen and UBC faculty,
graduate students and employees herded panic-stricken pigs out of burned-out
swine unit on UBC's south campus. About 190 animals died in the blaze, which
wiped out the breeding and feeding-trial program operated by the Department of
Animal Science. The unit was insured and will be rebuilt. See story on page 2.
Picture by Jim Banham. Tougher admission rules approved
Recommendations by the UBC
Senate admissions committee calling
for much tougher admission requirements in 1981 were approved in their
entirety   by  Senate at  its September
meeting,   after   a   long   debate   on   a
recommended language requirement.
The report stipulated grade 11
French or a foreign language as an
entrance requirement, and a move led
Plans made to rebuild
burned-out swine unit
UBC's Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences has begun making plans to
rebuild its swine research unit, which
was destroyed by fire early Saturday
Dean Warren Kitts said he has asked
the new head of the animal science
department, Prof. Bruce Owen, for a
full report on losses resulting from the
fire and for recommendations on
rebuilding the unit, one of a
half-dozen animal research buildings
located on the south campus.
"We have a solid core of faculty
and graduate and undergraduate
students interested in swine research,"
Dean Kitts said, "and it's essential that
the research unit be rebuilt as soon as
The unit, built at a cost of
$268,000 in 1969, was insured.
The University Endowment Lands
Fire Department is investigating the
blaze, which was reported at 1:35 a.m.
Saturday by an RCMP patrol vehicle.
The fire department had the fire under
control by 3 a.m.
An estimated 180-190 animals died
as a result of the fire, chiefly from
heat and smoke inhalation. About 250
pigs survived but will be sent to
The fire wiped out the
swine-breeding and feed-trial program
supervised by Dr. Richard Beames,
associate professor of animal science.
He said some aspects of the swine
research program can be kept going
this year by purchasing small numbers
of young pigs.
The fire in the E-shaped swine unit
began in the rafters of the central
wing, where most of the dead animals
were found, and spread to the rafters
in the other two wings.
The weaking of the rafters by fire
and the weight of water from fire
hoses caused the collapse of the tile
roofs over two wings and the partial
collapse of the roof of the third wing.
Dr. Beames said many of the pigs
were saved because the roof tiles
collapsed onto a plywood ceiling
inside the wings. The sagging plywood
ceiling protected the pigs, housed in
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steel pens, from falling tiles and
burning roof rafters.
When the fire was out, a group of.
UBC faculty members, graduate
students, employees, and firemen
entered the building and began the
difficult job of herding the surviving
panic-stricken animals out of the unit
to an open-air corral.
"There was considerable personal
risk involved in getting the surviving
animals out of the unit," Dean Kitts
said. "It took a good deal of courage
on the part of those who responded to
the appeal for help to go into the
burned-out building. The University is
grateful for their assistance."
The roofs on all of the units were
removed on Saturday and Sunday so
that cleanup operations could begin
and dead animals be removed.
UBC enrolment
almost reached
UBC's enrolment of daytime
winter session students stood at
23,073 last Friday (Sept. 23) - 600
more than were enrolled at the
same time last year.
A spokesman for the Registrar's
Office said he expected that the
predicted winter session enrolment
of about 23,500 students would be
reached by the end of this week.
Enrolment in the first-year
engineering program in the Faculty
of Applied Science is up 58
students over last year and the
combined total of registrations in
the first- and second-year programs
of the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration has
increased by 75 students. The
first-year class in the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences is up about 7
per cent over last year's enrolment
of 64 students.
Official registration figures for
UBC and other Canadian
universities are struck on Dec. 1
each year.
by Prof. John Dennison (Education)
to make French mandatory barely
failed after a close vote.
Effective in September, 1981,
students entering UBC from B.C.
secondary schools must have a general
C+ average, and they must have
English 11 and 12, Social Studies 11,
Mathematics 11, a science 11, plus
French 11 or a foreign language 11. At
present, the only mandatory subjects
are the two English courses and Social
Studies 11.
In addition. Senate will vote at its
Dec. 14 meeting on any further
specific subjects of grades 11 and 12
that may be required or recommended
to the secondary schools for entry to
various faculties at the University.
Prof. Finnegan told Senate the
University had hoped the current
policy of not requiring specific courses
would permit the secondary schools to
tailor study programs to the individual
needs of their pupils.
"This hope was not realized," Dr.
Finnegan said. "Some school
principals have reported their
frustration in attempting to provide a
'best' program in the face of pupils'
desire for the 'easiest one'."
He said UBC's present policy "is
not providing adequate guidance to
secondary school pupils in selecting
the broad academic background for
university study that the committee
feels is appropriate."
To ensure that students' evaluations
of teaching are taken into
consideration when faculty are being
considered for tenure, Senate has
asked its teaching evaluation
committee to look into a
recommendation contained in the
Board of Governors' tenure review
The recommendation, presented to
Senate at its September meeting, asked
that "measures be taken to establish at
UBC systematic methods of evaluation
by students of teaching; and that such
evaluations be considered in tenure
Tenure is granted or withheld at
UBC on the basis of the faculty
member's teaching, research and
public service contributions. There is
no guarantee that student evaluations
of the faculty member's teaching
ability are taken into account. The
Board's recommendation will be
considered by the Senate committee
on teaching evaluation which will then
bring it to Senate for approval. ubc news roundup
UBC's Department of Physical
Plant plans to reduce temperatures in
campus buildings this fall as part of a
program to save fuel and power.
Arnold Lucks, UBC's supervisor of
mechanical utilities, said classroom
and office temperatures, now set at a
uniform 68 degrees throughout the
University, would be adjusted to fall
within the 65-to-68-degree range.
In warmer weather next spring and
summer, UBC air conditioning systems
will be adjusted to operate only when
temperatures reach the 75-to-80 degree range.
Mr. Lucks, who is a member of a
special committee on energy conservation established by C. J. Connaghan,
vice-president for administrative services, outlined other steps planned in a
drive to cut UBC's annual energy bill
of $2 million by 10 per cent in the
current fiscal year.
He said discussions would be held
with the systems services office, which
books rooms and other facilities on
the campus, to explore the possibility
of consolidating evening classes and
other nighttime activities into a
smaller number of buildings. Heat
would be shut off at night in
little-used buildings.
Machinery that forces warm air
through heating systems in campus
buildings will operate for fewer hours
in the future, Mr. Lucks said. These
systems will be switched on an hour or
so later in the morning and shut down
an hour or more earlier in the evening,
he said.
Other measures planned in the
energy conservation drive include
restriction on the installation of air
conditioning units in campus offices,
and a reduction in the use of the
burning unit at the south campus
Chemical Waste Disposal Unit. Mr.
Lucks said the unit would operate
three days a week in future instead of
An energy-conserving system that
provides warm air in winter months
and acts as a cooling system in the
summer will be installed in the new
Library Processing Centre now under
construction west of the Woodward
Biomedical Library.
The system economically distributes heat through a building and stores
excess heat from daytime operation
for future use. A similar system was
installed in the Computer Sciences
Building (formerly the Civil Engineering Building) when it was renovated
last year.
Lighting levels have already been
reduced in some UBC buildings and a
qualified energy-conservation officer
will be appointed before the end of
this year to co-ordinate the UBC
Theft of personal and University
property is a regrettable fact of
campus life.
All members of the University
community should be conscious of the
need for security and take steps to
minimize opportunities for theft, says
Dave Hannah, superintendent of
UBC's traffic and security department.
He offered the following "don'ts"
to students and members of the
faculty and staff.
• Don't leave personal and
University property unattended on
desks or in unlocked offices and
• Don't leave office doors and
windows open when you leave for the
day or even for short periods of time
during the work day;
• Don't prop open doors to allow
friends or colleagues to enter buildings
locked for the night.
He said the loss of personal or
University property should be
reported immediately to the traffic
and security department at 3030
Wesbrook Mall (228-4721).
Students living in residence can
borrow a portable engraving gun from
the RCMP detachment at 2137 Allison
Road to mark personal property with
their social insurance number.
"In doing this, the students will
join 'Neighbourhood Watch,' a
program established by local police
agencies to mark all University
property so that it can be identified if
stolen," Mr. Hannah said. UBC
buildings that contain marked
equipment have had Neighbourhood
Watch decals placed on exterior doors
and windows, he said.
Mr. Hannah also urges the
University community to become
familiar with UBC's new street-address
system to aid patrol and fire services
when they have to respond to
The campus street-address system
conforms to the block plan in use in
the Greater Vancouver area. Each
campus building now sports at its main
entrance a plaque with white lettering
on a blue background showing the
street address.
Phones in each campus .building
should have affixed to them labels
showing the name and street address
of that building. Callers who want
emergency services should give the
building name and street address when
they call Traffic and Security
(228-4721) or the Fire Department
(228-4567), Mr. Hannah said.
The new street-address system is
not the building's mail address,
however. All UBC departments use a
single mail address, 2075 Wesbrook
Place. UBC's postal code is V6T 1W5.
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The complex traffic signal at the
main entrance to UBC — corner of
University Boulevard and Wesbrook
Mall — has been reprogrammed and
improved to make it more responsive
to the volume of vehicle and
pedestrian traffic.
Twelve push-button pedestrian
signals have been installed on
boulevards and on the corners of the
Electrical engineer Martin Kafer of
the Department of Physical Plant, who
redesigned the signal system, said
vehicle signals at the intersection are
actuated by heat sensors buried in the
roadway. He said the green lights at
the intersection stay on longer if there
are a large number of vehicles waiting
to pass through.
However, there is no similar sensing
system in existence to determine the
number of pedestrians waiting to cross
an intersection. He said the vehicle
signals at the campus intersection
would continue to operate indefinitely
unless pedestrians used the
push-button signals.
He said the signals would give
pedestrians a 17-second crossing
period — 12 seconds of green light and
a 5-second warning period with a
flashing red hand.
* *   *■
Dr. W. D. Liam Finn, 44, has
tendered his resignation as dean of the
Faculty of Applied Science to UBC's
president, Dr. Douglas Kenny. It takes
effect June 30, 1978.
Dr. Finn, clean of the faculty for
eight years, will return to his position
as professor of civil engineering. He
has also expressed a desire to devote
more time to the directing and
developing of his soil dynamic,
research group at the University.
Dr. Kenny said he respected Dr.
Finn's decision. "Dr. Finn is a gifted
man whose teaching and research
strengths will continue to be an
important asset at the University."
UBC Reports/Sept. 28, 1977/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice
UBC, discusses Evolution or
2,   Woodward   Instructional
October 1,8:15 p.m.:
Prof. Geoffrey Scudder, Zoology,
Special   Creation?   Lecture    Hall
Resources Centre.
October 8, 8:15 p.m.:
Prof. Keith Spicer, visiting professor at UBC and former official
languages commissioner, speaks on  Bilingualism:  Un succes de
Scandale.   Lecture   Hall   2,  Woodward   Instructional   Resources
12:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.     MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY features Traditional
Korean Dances, in conjunction with the exhibition on
display at the museum. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
OCT. 3
Canadian science fiction writer. Room 104, Buchanan.
Cancer Research Centre, UBC, on DNA Fragmentation
Assays for Organ-specific Carcinogens. Library, Cancer
Research Centre, Medical Block B.
COMPUTING CENTRE LECTURE. First in a series of
nine lectures on the PL/I programming language by
Dave Amos, Computing Centre, UBC. Room 443,
Computer Sciences Building.
special correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic
Review, on Changes in Chinese Foreign Policy? The
Place of Sino-Soviet Relations. Penthouse, Buchanan.
Wehrung, Commerce and Business Administration,
UBC, on Multiple Criteria in Investment Preferences.
Room 312, Angus Building.
COMPUTING CENTRE LECTURE. First in a series of
nine lectures on MTS Commands and Files by Al
Fowler, Computing Centre, UBC. Room 447,
Computer Sciences Building.
lobos. Mechanical Engineering graduate student, on
Application of Work Sampling to Assembly Operations. Room 1215, Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Pediatrics, UBC, on Regulatory Role of the Protein
Kinase System. Lecture Hall 3, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Dr. Daniel Harris, Dominion Radio Astrophysical
Observatory, Penticton, on X-Ray Detection of
Extra-Galactic Radio Sources. Room 318, Hennings.
ZOOLOGY SEMINAR. Prof. D. H. Janzen, Biology,
University of Pennsylvania, on Short Stories in
Tropical Animal-Plant Interactions: Figs, Orchids and
Fruits. Room 2000, Biological Sciences Building.
ARCHEOLOGY LECTURE. Dr. L. Bell, University of
Pennsylvania Museum, on The University Museum's
Egyptian Expedition to Dira Abu El-Naga. Room 104,
Lasserre Building.
OPERA   OVERTURE    LECTURE.    French   Tickner,
Music,  UBC, discusses Don Giovanni. Admission, $4.
Room 339, Music Building.
12:30 p.m. CURRENT AFFAIRS LECTURE. David Bonavia,
special correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic
Review and former London Times bureau chief in
Moscow, Peking and Saigon, on What is Really
Happening in China? A Correspondent's View. Room
102, Buchanan Building.
BOTANY SEMINAR. Fred Ganders, Botany, UBC, on
Breeding Systems and Fruit Polymorphism in
Plectritis. Room 3219, Biological Sciences Building.
COMPUTING CENTRE LECTURE. First in a series of
12 seminars on the FORTRAN programming language
by John Coulthard. Room 107, Computer Sciences.
ENGLISH COLLOQUIUM. Dr. Peter Quartermain,
English, UBC, on Louis Zukofsky's First Half of 'A'-9.
Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
Bledsoe,   University of Texas, Austin, on Automatic
4:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
Theorem Proving and a Maximal Method for Set
Variables. Room 300, Computer Sciences Building.
Institute of Marine Biology, University of Bergen,
Norway, on Marine Research at Bergen, Norway and
in particular at the Institute of Marine Biology. Room
1465, Biological Sciences Building.
4:00 p.m. HEALTH CARE SEMINAR. Dr. Anne Crichton,
Health Care and Epidemiology, UBC, on Health Policy
Making: Canada, Britain and Australia. Room 146,
James Mather Building.
4:30 p.m. SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR. David Bonavia, special correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review,
on Politics and Social Change in China: The Prospects.
Room 202, Anthropology/Sociology Building.
CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. Thomas Beattie, Merck
Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, New Jersey,
on Polymeric Reagents in Organic Synthesis. Room
250, Chemistry Building.
9:00 p.m. UBC PUBLIC AFFAIRS. Host Gerald Savory, Centre
for Continuing Education, speaks with Dr. Ross
Johnson and Dr. Kenneth Carty, Political Science,
UBC, on The Canadian Unity Question — A View
from the Maritimes. Channel 10, Vancouver Cable-
Hugh P. Robinson, Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow,
Scotland, on Ultrasound in Obstetrics — Present and
Future. Lecture Hall B, Vancouver General Hospital.
12:30 p.m. NOON HOUR CONCERT. Hans-Karl Piltz, viola, and
Patrick Wedd, harpsichord, play Music of W. Marquis,
Bach and Etler. Recital Hall, Music Building.
12:35 p.m. FREESEE FILM SERIES presents America - A
Personal History of the United States with Alistair
Cooke. First in this series of seven is The New Found
Land. Auditorium, Student Union Building. Free.
3:30 p.m. STATISTICS WORKSHOP. Prof. M. Perlman, Statistics, University of Chicago, on Testing a Mean Vector
in the Presence of Covariates. Room 41 2, Angus.
4:00 p.m. GEOPHYSICS SEMINAR. Dr. Arthur McGarr, U.S.
Geological Survey, California, on Relationship of
Seismicity to Mining. Room 260, Geophysics and
Astronomy Building.
Patricia Merivale, English, UBC, on The Biographical
Compulsion: Elegiac Romances in Canadian Fiction.
Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
Pinder, Chemical Engineering, UBC, on Surface Area
of Evaporating Droplets in Direct Contact Liquid
-Liquid Heat Transfer. Room 206, Chemical Engineering Building.
4:45 p.m. ANNUAL MEETING of the Association of Administrative   and   Professional   Staff.   Room   100,   Scarfe.
9:00 a.m. MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS. Dr. M. G. McLoughlin,
Urology, UBC, and Dr. W. J. Godolphin, Clinical
Chemistry, VGH, on Receptors in Hormonally
Dependent Tissue — Prostate and Breast. Lecture Hall
B, Vancouver General Hospital.
12:30 p.m. UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY conducted by
Martin Berinbaum plays Music of Weber, Copland and
Giannini. Auditorium, Student Union Building.
Repeated at 8 p.m. in the Old Auditorium.
Prof. W. Evans, Mathematics, University of California
at San Diego, on Multiple Nerve Impulses. Room
2449, Biological Sciences Building.
4:00 p.m. PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM. E. N. Fortson, Physics,
University of Washington, on Parity Non-Conservation in Atoms. Room 201, Hennings Building.
12:30 p.m.     NEW   MUSIC   ENSEMBLE.   Stephen   Chatman   and
and Eugene    Wilson,    directors,    and    French    Tickner,
8:00 p.m. narrator, perform Music of Stravinsky. Recital Hall,
Music Building.
4/UBC Reports/Sept. 28, 1977


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